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Arturuo en el Barco - Music for Students [os041]

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Arturuo en el Barco - Music for Students [os041]


Arturo en el Barco is the musical output of Angélica Negrón , a young composer from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Angelica is interested in creating electro-acoustic soundscapes that resemble sad tunes floating in a land where sadness is non existent. She is inspired by the works of Gyorgy Ligeti, Stephen Scott, Pauline Oliveros and Erik Satie, and by the music of Tujiko Noriko, Bjork, Piana and Aroah, among others. In this project, Angélica also works with José A. Olivares who is a member of Balún and Los Nervios. Music for Students is entirely built out of pianos, strings, kids, clicks, noises, found sounds and confused flutes. This release is a collection of stories about students that never grew up.

1 - Beth Dorris
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
2 - Candy Tucker
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
3 - Kyle Parker
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
4 - Raymon Dotson
[MusicBrainz (recording)]


Reviewer: PlanoTXDeadHead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2011
Subject: Quality
This record is right in the pocket. Full of interesting ideas, but with a low-key delivery that makes it super-effective. Excellent.
Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2006
Subject: Reviewed on
Iâm not sure whether you can say that youâve ever heard of job specific music but here I am befuddled as an artist names her album as one for students. Technically, this isnât a student genre of music. It can be described as mood music or maybe soundscape music or even background music for movies or horror-genre video games. I guess the whole idea of soundscapes brings out the idea of movies which brings out a variety of emotions. A lot of the music on this EP sounds like music for scenes where people have their emotions under pressure.

âAs I sit here writing this entry for gratisvibes, the areas of my mind echo with emptiness. My head fills with images of the past. Yet, I cannot see what hides from me. For I am alone in this dank dark room at 7:00 a.m. in the morningâ¦â

The above situation or any other similar situation as above is very suitable for describing the mood of this music. Maybe it intentionally symbolizes the various darker moods that students experience when theyâre busy on a harsh deadline or had another emotional trainwreck from breaking up with this person or the next. Anyway, if you have been a student before, youâll appreciate this album. On the unlikely situation where you have not been a student before, then youâll still appreciate it for it the range of sad emotions it evokes.

Favourite tracks:
Candy Tucker
This track could have been happy but you ruined it. Damn you! Itâs a great track though.

Raymond Dotson
Deep meditative pad sounds fill out this track. Music for that brooding creature that is man.
Reviewer: dropblacksky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2006
Subject: Beautiful frustration...
There are some amazing ideas on this EP. I found myself drawn in from the start of every song. Someone mentioned Sigur Ros in an earlier review...this is related to my only complaint with this ep...I feel like the songs don't resolve themselves for me. These songs felt like intros to a heart wrenching climax that never came. That said, there is much beauty in this music, and definitely worth a listen.
Reviewer: prsoccer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2006
Subject: Wow
La primera vez que escuche a Arturo en el Barco, fue en Radio Universidad de Puerto Rico, y me fascino. Estaba navegando en el Internet, y me encuentro con la web de Angelica !!

Me alegro mucho que existan puertorriquen@s que sepan hacer musica de gran calidad como Angelica, es un orgullo para la Isla, y mas, que en la Isla no la musica electronica no es de mucho exito.
Reviewer: Jon Drews - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2005
Subject: this will move you
Wow! The emotion that pours out of this EP is magnificent. While listening to this- I found snapshots of my childhood come floating up to the surface. Be prepared for an emotional trip while listening to this.

I really enjoyed the sounds that she creates-- the partially untuned pianoloops and the drowning synth in the backgrounds of these songs creates a very surreal feeling to the EP. I'm going to be watching this girl. Can't wait for the next release.
Reviewer: electrocelt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 11, 2005
Subject: beautiful and evocative
like the best Sigur Ros songs, 'Candy Tucker' nearly brought me to tears. such beautiful, sad, evocative music. great instrumentation (love the use of accoustic instruments), and a very skillful, minimal use of voice samples and repetative figures. only one complaint: heartbreakingly short! right as it really begins to draw you in, the music leaves you. i want to hear more... still, it deserves five starts, even if it were half as long.
Reviewer: Juanito Pequeno - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 20, 2005
Subject: right on the spot!!
in my humble opinion this EP is right there on the spot!!
Reviewer: Zen Punk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 23, 2005
Subject: Refreshingly Wonderful
Dreamy melodies carry these sparse, atmospheric piano-driven tracks. With some understated click beats, spoken word samples, and flourishes in the right places, Arturo en el Barco takes disparate elements and creates something perfect and unique. You haven't heard anything quite like this before, but you'll like it. Get it now, lay back and experience this.
Reviewer: Neil_Leacy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2005
Subject: My first thoughts
I have so enjoyed listening to this ep.

When trying to describe the soundscapes Angelica has created sublime was the first word that popped into my head, closely followed by enchanting.

Regards, Neil
Reviewer: hermetiko - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2005
Subject: Precioso
Un disco precioso, los quatro temas me encantan, mis sinceras felicitaciones para la artista!!! Un gran disco con mucha sensibilidad.
Saludos desde Barcelona!
Reviewer: LAJ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2005
Subject: Experimental Electro-Acoustic Soundscapes
Four enjoyable experimental electro-acoutistic soundscapes. Beth Dorris features sad minimal piano notes and loops, Candy Tucher flows sadly with piano. strings, and muffled voice samples, Kyle Parker is a favorite with its dense layers of repetitive structures, and Raymon Dotson offers warm piano, strings, clicky beats, and beautiful samples of childrens' voices.
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